Reserves get bogged down at Walkington

Walkington 3 - 1 Bridlington Town Reserves
Walkington 3 - 1 Bridlington Town Reserves

On a heavy pitch at Walkington, Town Reserves left with heavy hearts and a lesson in how to do the basics right.

An even opening 20 minutes which proved difficult for both sets of players to dig the ball out of the heavy pitch.

New goalkeeper Andy Sandall had to be on his toes on a few occasions, but proved more than a match for a bright Walkington attack.

The breakthrough however came in the 32nd minute when a break came from midfield and a Walkington player evaded a tackle to coolly place the ball into the corner, giving them a 1-0 lead.

Eight minutes later a second came as Town failed to defend a corner leaving four reserve players on the deck giving the striker enough time to comically lift the ball over everyone and into the Town goal.

If Town had stuck to their tasks both individually and as a team the game could have been a very different matter, but as a unit the team fail to talk with huge spells of the game voiceless and lacking spark.

Town had Eric Gardham once again giving his all, he stuck his head and body on the line on one than one occasion and Louis Rafter gave a better performance, giving the manager food for thought this coming Saturday at home to Goole.

A third goal soon arrived killing any momentum Town were trying get, Walkington made the best of a poor surface but their quality shone through with movement, attack and desire in abundance.

All be it a consolation, Town capitalised on sluggish defensive work from Walkington, failing to clear their area, and when the ball fell to Karl Thornton, he pirouetted in the box and fired it into Gavin Kelly’s top corner, giving the Walkington manager plenty to say to his team after the game.

Town must get the basics right, and it really is that simple.

Man of the match: Eric Gardham